The wind slowed the times at Saturday's Santa Barbara County Track & Field Championships at Santa Ynez High, but it couldn't keep Lompoc's Sheldon Canley from making his mark in the 100 meters and the 400 relay.
Headed to San Diego State on a football scholarship, Canley went under 11 seconds in the 100 and anchored the Braves' 4×100 relay to a meet record. The fleet-footed running back clocked 10.98 in the wind to win the 100 and the Braves’ relay set a county championships time of 43.04. The relay team included Michael Miclat, Deville Dickerson and Anthony Alonzo.
Miclat had a big day for the Braves, winning three individual events to go with the relay victory. He took the high jump at 5-10, beating out San Marcos’ Jackson Murillo on fewer misses, and won the long jump at 21-8 and triple jump at 42-4.75.
In team competition, San Marcos won the varsity boys, freshman-sophomore girls and boys divisions to claim the grand sweepstakes title. Santa Barbara finished second in the boys varsity team standings.
Righetti claimed the varsity girls title, with Santa Barbara and Dos Pueblos tying for second and San Marcos taking fourth.
Santa Barbara finished second to the Royals in the varsity boys team standings.
The San Marcos boys were led by double-winner Justin Hess. He captured the 200 in 22.81 and the 400 in 50.73. He also ran on a third-place 4×100 relay and winning 4×400 squad.
“The conditions were very windy and not ideal for running fast,” San Marcos coach Marilyn Hantgin said. “Justin continues to dominate his events. All of the hard work he has put into his training is helping him close out his season strong.”
Jacob Snodgress continues to tear it up in the longer races. On Saturday, he won the 1600 in 4:29.49. Teammate Ethan Dwelley was second in 4:32.10.
Benji Rodriguez had a good day in the throws for the Royals. He won the discus in a personal best of 124-03 and was third in the shot put at 41-01.
Makenzie Fauver won both hurdles races and took a second in the triple jump to pace the San Marcos girls. She won the 100 hurdles in a PR of 15.85 and captured the 300 hurdles in 47.84. She posted a PR of 32-11.25 to place second behind Carpinteria’s Ainlsee Alexander (33-07) in the triple jump.
“Makenzie is an all-around great teammate,” said Hantgin. “She can run multiple events if needed and continues to improve in all of her events.
“Running sub-16 in the 100 hurdles is a really big deal. It's one of those barriers that feels really good to overcome.”
Ajha Dennis was third in the 100 with a personal best of 12.83 and fourth in the long jump with 15-7.
For Santa Barbara, Andreas Dybdahl (9:47.46) and Blaise Snow (9:53.85) ran lifetime best times and finished 1-2 in the 3200.
“That was an impressive performance by a couple of sophomores who don't really run that event much,” said coach Olivia Perdices. “They were out front trading pulls in the wind from the start.”
The Dons got strong performances from Jack Ransdell and Joaquin Greenberg in the hurdles. Ransdell finished second to Righetti’s Marcus Gough in the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles Gough ran 15.84 and 42.74 in the two events and Ransdell posted lifetime bests of 17.23 and 42.96. Greenberg clocked a best of 17.45.
“Jack just keeps coming in with clutch performances and Joaquin is just starting to click the last few weeks after coming out of soccer with a hip injury,” said Perdices.
Santa Barbara’s 4×400 relay of Miguel Unzueta, Cason Goodman, Andre Battle and Drew DeLozier was second behind San Marcos in 3:38.50.
The Santa Barbara girls won the 4×400 relay with Laila Goodman, Olivia Gaspar, Naiya Molitor and Mackenna Show turning in a time of 4:17.25. Show and Goodman were also 1-2 in the 400 meters at 1:01.43 and 1:02.94, respectively.
“Mackenna and Laila are such a huge part of everything we do, running on both relays and picking up places and points wherever we ask,” said Perdices.
In the 4×100 relay, Goodman, Show, Gaspar and Katherine Hedrick placed second in a season-best of 50.50.
Righetti’s team of Emily Carpenter, Kendra Daniels, Riley Allen and Sienna Hernandez won the relay in 50.42.
Hedrick finished second behind Fauver in the 300 hurdles in 50.84 and in the 100 hurdles with a lifetime best 15.94.
The Dos Pueblos girls took top honors in the 1600 and 800 races. Ellie Gleason (5:25.87) and Samsara Chahine (5:37.93) finished 1-2 in the 1600.
Phoebe Wolfe Lyons (2:30.68) and and Reese Wahlberg (2:34.49) took first and third in the 800. Celina Zambrano edged Wahlberg for second by three-tenths of a second.
Elizabeth Yancey was second in the long Jump with a PR of 16-7.50 and she was third in the 100 hurdles.
For the DP boys, Amai Edgar took third place in the discus with a PR of 114-6. In the boys pole vault, Colby Todd took second place with a PR of 11-6.
Brian Cassriel of San Marcos won the event in a PR of 12 feet.
The Chargers’ 4×100 relay quartet of Eric Roldan, Ronan Hugo, Amin Guefroudj, and Dylan Orquiola finished second behind Lompoc in a PR of 44.0.
In distance races, senior Bennett Christensen was second in the 800 at 2:07.25.
Host Santa Ynez had two varsity winners on the day. Zachary Liljenquist won the boys 800 in 2:03.35 and Gabriela Robles took the girls pole vault in a PR of 9-06, beating Carpinteria’s Alexander on fewer misses. She also set a PR.
Cate’s Kennedy Kirkland continued her dominance in the girls sprints and long jump She won the varsity 100 in 12.43, the 200 in 27.24 and the long jump at 17-6.50. She swept the events last week at the Carpinteria Russell Cup meet.